When the weather gets warmer, everyone’s thinking of outdoor spaces and patios. They don’t only extend your home’s overall available space, but they can also be very relaxing and entertaining. Of course, this has a lot to do with your outdoor furniture, and that’s the reason you should take extra care when shopping for some.
When buying outdoor furniture, it’s best to start by considering your weather. Hot, dry conditions cause some wood to crack or splinter, while strong winds can send aluminum furniture flying in the air. Certain wood types such as wicker are also averse to constant moisture exposure.
Yet another crucial consideration for furniture shoppers is material. You’ll want to look into the care it needs, its aesthetic and of course, how it reacts to your weather.
As mentioned, some types of wood don’t hold up well in dry or hot conditions, and aluminum furniture can be dangerous in strong winds. The good thing about aluminum though is that it is low-maintenance, along with resin or teak. Wrought iron can survive both heat and moisture and can last a lifetime.
Look into the shape and amount of space you have. Long and narrow? Wide and broad? These are all important in determining the size of furniture you should get. Of course, there should be enough room for you to walk around with comfort.
Aside from available space, you should also consider where exactly you plan to put the furniture that you plan to buy. Do you want to put a certain piece on soft ground and grass or on a hard surface like a paved patio? Careful with specific wood types – soft woods – which will surely rot with ground moisture. Also remember that moisture can cause some metal to corrode.
You relax in outdoor furniture, so make sure that is actually possible. Chairs can be bought bare, and you can simply make your own pillows. Also perfect for relaxing and rockers, chaise longues and recliners. But be sure to test the pieces before actually paying for them.
Because you won’t reasonably use your outdoor furniture during winter, make sure you have enough space in which to store it. Stress on enough – because you can’t just throw all the pieces into a cramped room and expect them to look the same when you have to take them out again. Or to get rid of this issue, just get outdoor furniture that you will be able to use indoor during winter or wet months.
In the end, your budget decides what you can or cannot buy. July and August (approaching fall) may be the best time to buy outdoor furniture, which usually come with huge discounts around these months.